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First Blogiversary Special – Strawberry Almond Marzipan Cake (550th Post)

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What’s better than a cake to celebrate my first year of Blogiversary at ‘Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen’. Today’s post is to celebrate the day hence this is different from my regular Healthy recipes.

This cake is my take of a traditional Danish summer cake with strawberries, cream and marzipan. Its one of my favorite things to eat in the summer, and I love to have it at least a couple of times each summer

Here’s what the cake looks like on the inside, layers of sponge cake whipped cream, and topped with marzipan.

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Yields: 6-8 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes for cake + 10 minutes for marzipan + 10 minutes for whipping
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

For cake:

  • Wheat/plain flour-1 1/2cup
  • Baking powder-1tsp
  • Baking soda-1/2tsp
  • Salt-1/4tsp
  • Condensed milk-1tin
  • Vanilla essence-1tbsp
  • Vegetable oil-2-3tbsp
  • Hot water- ΒΌ-1/2cup (or as required for the batter)

For marzipan:

  • Almond- 1 cup (blanched and peeled)
  • Sugar- Β½-3/4cup
  • Rose essence-1tbsp
  • Water-1/4cup
  • Pink colour-2drops

For whipped frosting:

  • Heavy cream-200ml
  • Icing sugar-2tbsp
  • Vanilla essence-2tsp
  • Strawberries-10-12 (sliced, chopped and for garnishing)

Procedure:

For cake batter:

  • In a bowl sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Now in other bowl beat condensed milk, oil in an electric mixer/hand whisker until light and fluffy.
  • Now fold in flour mixture to the condensed milk mixture, water and mix in batches until a dropping consistency batter is obtained.

For baking:

  • Pre-heat the oven at 170deg C (fan assisted), grease and line the baking tray and pour the prepared batter.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes/until the toothpick inserted comes out clear.

Preparing Marzipan:

  • Grind the blanched and peeled almonds to make a fine powder.
  • Now in a pan add sugar, water and heat until the sugar melts and continue to boil for 4-5 minutes more/until slightly thickens.
  • Allow the sugar mixture to cool a bit.
  • Then stir in ground almond and mix until a stif dough is formed. If the dough is still too wet and sticky, add more powdered sugar and grond almonds. (it becomes firmer after its been refrigerated).
  • Turn the almond marzipan out onto a working surface and knead it a few time.
  • Add 2 drops of colour on to the marzipan and knead until colour evenly distributed
  • Form it into a log, wrap it up in plastc wrap and refrigerate for sometime.

For whipped frosting:

  • Place a clean bowl, and the whip attachment in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Combine vanilla extract, sugar, heavy cream in the chilled bowl and whip at medium speed until medium peaks form (approx. about 2 minutes)

When the preparation work is completed and it is time to assemble the cake.

For assembly:

  • Vanilla cake
  • Marzipan
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar syrup/Fresh Juice for brushing

Steps:

  • Using a 6 inch cake ring or a spring form pan as a guide, cut two circles out of the cake.
  • First layer: Place one slice of the cake on the cake circles and brush some sugar syrup.
  • Second layer: Top it with a layer of whipped frosting

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  • Third layer: Top with a layer of chopped strawberries

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  • Fourth layer: Place the second layer of the cake on top of the strawberry layer.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 2 hours before topping with marzipan.
  • Meanwhile: Before placing marzipan apply a thin layer of whipped cream on top and sides.
  • Fifth layer: Dust some powdered sugar as needed to prevent sticking of the marzipan. Using rolling pin roll the marzipan to thin sheet and carefully place the marzipan layer over the cake and trim the edges.

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  • Top it with fresh strawberries

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And serve.

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Note:

  • Marzipan can be stored in the refrigerator for atleast 15-20 days. So it can be made ahead of time.
  • Frosting and decorations can be personalised.
  • Sugar syrup can be made by boiling sugar (3 tbsp) in water (1/4 cup) until melted
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About Chitra Jagadish

My passion is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

Posted on April 17, 2015, in Dessert, International, Kids recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 79 Comments.

  1. Congratulations n many many more anniversaries to come

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  2. a celebration isn’t a celebration with cake! congratulations.
    anne

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  3. Happy blogaversary, Chitra! This cake is a work of art. Perfect for your anniversary. I have never eaten or made marzipan before, but it looks and sounds delicious. I would love a bite of this or 2 or 3! Actually I really want my own piece!:)

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  4. Wow C:-) congrts cake looks delish perfect for the occasion, love it

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  5. Delicious! And congratulations on 1 year too, Chitra πŸ™‚ I wish you many more blogging years ahead

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  6. Congratulations on your blogversary. May the coming year bring more success to you. I thought there were 365 days in a year πŸ˜‰

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  7. This looks great! Homemade Marzipan? I never knew how before. Thanks for posting!

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  8. Congratulations on your blogiversary. 550 posts in one year is quite an achievement…!

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  9. That cake is absolutely beautiful and I’m sure tastes wonderful! Congratulations on one year!

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  10. Congratulations Chitra! Best wishes for many more! The Cake is fabulous:)

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  11. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Congratulations! That is quite a milestone and we look forward to many more!

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  12. Congratulations, Chitra! What a prolific blogger you are – thank you for inspiring me!

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  13. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S – CH I T R A !!!

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  14. Perfect for a celebration. Congratulations, Chitra!

    Best to You

    Always

    john

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  15. Wow! Many Congratulations, Chitra! Love your blog and your innovative recipes. Perfect anniversary post too. πŸ™‚
    Cheers, Anugya

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  16. Congrats on the first anniversary Chitra!! Many more to come….You are always inspiring and I really appreciate and wonder how do you get so many ideas, you are totally amazing dear πŸ™‚

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  17. Congrats Chitra…Wish you many more happy years of blogging….

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  18. congratulations Chitra.. wishing you many more years of blogging πŸ™‚

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  19. Hearty Congratulations Chitra!! Wish you many many more anniversaries like this and I am counting how many more wonderful healthy recipes I get to use!! Love your blog!! Keep it coming! πŸ™‚

    Best Wishes
    Archana

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  20. Compliments! Yours is a wonderful blog: coloured, rich, spicy and exotic!

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  21. Congratulations Chitra!!! And this cake is so fitting it looks Absolutely Amazing!!! πŸ™‚

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  22. Congratulations, Chitra! Best wishes for your blog anniversary!

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  23. Oh, wow! 550 posts? Congratulations and happy 1st Blogiversary! The marzipan cake looks beautiful and I bet delicious too. Have a lovely weekend.

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  24. That looks fabulous ❀ You’re a genius recipe developer. Congrats on your blog anniversary

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  25. Congratulations Chitra and your cake looks fantastic πŸ™‚ Love the marzipan on top!

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  26. Congratulations for 550th Post and on completing your 1st year at WordPress. 550 posts in year i.e. 45 posts per month and it means more then 1 post daily… its really inspiring to all. Hoping to see many more new healthy recipes.

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  27. Congratulations superb blog awesome recipes great job

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  28. Yummy. And Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  29. Thank you dear Natasha for your wishes and encouragement. … have a wonderful weekend… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  30. Happy first anniversary Chitra – you have done so well in one year – keep it up…I really enjoy your posts!

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  31. Wow – congratulations Chitra. You have really been busy with so many healthy and good posts πŸ™‚

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  32. Congratulations Chitra, wishing you many more blissful moments churning out fantastic recipes and posting wonderful blog posts for us. Baking cake is a must for my celebrations, hence totally agree with you on this. Loved the post, will try making the Marzipan someday soon.

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  33. Looks delicious! Congratulations πŸ™‚

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  34. Gorgeous cake and many congratulations !

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